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Comic Art, Clandestine Operations, and the High Cost of College Tuition

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 27, 2013

An auction of comic book art held in early August featured two which played a role in the event which inspired the movie, Argo. The artwork was created by iconic comic book artist, Jack Kirby, the co-creator of Captain America, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Hulk. In 1979, Kirby was hired by producer and visionary, Barry Ira Geller, to create storyboards for the film adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s scifi-fantasy book, The Lord of Light. Geller’s vision included a theme park, Science Fiction Land, for which Kirby created architectural renderings. 
The movie was never produced, but Kirby's art resurfaced as part of a cover story for a CIA team bent on rescuing US diplomats hiding in the Canadian Embassy during the Iran hostage crisis.

The Guild joins ASMP in Protesting Instagram’s Terms of Use

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 26, 2013

The Graphic Artists Guild has joined The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and other photography organizations in protesting Instagram's Terms of Use for image sharing. The organizations believe that few Instagram users understand the rights they are giving away when agreeing to Instagram's terms, specifically Instagram's right to perpetual use of photos and videos, and nearly unlimited right to license images to any and all third parties. Additionally, the terms assert Instagram's right to make users' photos and identities part of their service forever. ASMP has issued "The Instagram Papers," which analyze the Terms of Use and call for the inclusion of a simple right to terminate.

Photoshop App Slicey: Best Thing since Sliced Bread?

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 23, 2013

Begian app development firm MacRabbit has created Slicey (formerly Layer Cake), an app which exports layer groups from Photoshop files as independent images. The app recognizes tags, and can export Retina 2x versions of graphics created from vectors.

Mixed Reactions to Adobe’s Creative Cloud™ Subscription

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 22, 2013

In the three months since Adobe® announced it’s discontinuing its boxed version (and perpetual license) of Creative Suite® products in favor of a cloud-based subscription service, reactions from professional creatives has been mixed. For users who frequently upgrade their Adobe products, the cloud subscription service will lower costs initially, and can include additional software packages and online services (such as the Behance® Prosite portfolio site). Those users who skip version upgrades as a cost-savings tactic will find that the new model is more expensive after about two years. Disgruntled users have started an online petition protesting Creative Cloud™. Adobe has addressed many of the concerns in its online article, "5 Myths about Adobe® Creative Cloud™".

Putting a Face On It – Inside Book Jacket Design at Random House

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 30, 2013

Random House has posted a series of videos highlighting recent publications and giving an inside peek at the publishing house. One of their most recent uploads features some of their most noted art directors speaking on The Art of Cover Design. The video offers intriguing insight into the process of Robbin Schiff, Chip Kidd, and Peter Mendelsund, among others, in working with illustrators, photographers, and authors.

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